Top 10 of 2014: Best Books I’ve Read this Year


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The first top ten of the week is for the Best Books I’ve Read This Year! These are books that are both blacklisted and new release titles. These are not in any particular order.

CressLittle BeeThe Peculiar

  • Cress by Marissa Meyer – As always Marissa has blown me away with her latest book in the Lunar Chronicles. I adore Cress and I’m so glad we got to see a lot more of Thorne.
  • Little Bee by Chris Cleave – This was a book I just picked up out of curiosity and ended up being utterly hooked on it. I can’t really tell you any of the story because it would ruin it in some ways, but it was totally worth it.
  • The Peculiar by Stefan Bachmann – I had this on audio from SYNC and finally listened to it while following along in my paperback copy. So good! Both the audio and the book are totally amazing.

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  • Sunrise by Mike Mullin – This is the last book in his Ashfall series and I almost cried at the ending. Looking at the cover makes me want to cry…Such a good series! The characters have been through so much and this last book was perfect.
  • Echoes in the Glass by Cheri Lasota – Cheri was one of the first authors I took a review request from for her book Artemis Rising, which I adored. So I couldn’t pass up a chance to read her newest release. She managed to weave another intricate tale that I couldn’t stop reading, putting her at the top of my list.
  • The Star Thief by Jamie Grey – I won a copy of this (along with an amazing scarf that I adore). This was a book meant for me. I’m obsessed with the game Mass Effect and now that the series is over I needed something to fill in that gap, and The Star Thief did that.

A Game of ThronesRomancing the DukeNero's Fiddle


  • A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin – (and the second book A Clash of Kings). I can’t believe it took me this long to grab this series because I adore it! There are so many characters and Martin is the king of tiny details.
  • Romancing the Duke by Tessa Dare – I don’t read a lot of straightforward romance or historical romance for that matter, but this book makes me want all of it.
  • Nero’s Fiddle by A.W. Exley – (and Hatshepsut’s Collar). This is one of my favorite series. It has a touch of steampunk, fantasy, romance, and mystery.

The Last Policeman


  • The Last Policeman by Ben H. Winters – (and Countdown City & World of Trouble) This entire series is amazing. It’s a mystery set in pre-apocalyptic world and there were plenty of times where these books put me on edge. Such a fantastic series, with a fantastic writer.

Honorable Mention

The Walled City

  • The Walled City by Ryan Graudin – I wanted this in the top ten….but I wanted all of the others too. So here it sits at 11. It’s got a ton of intense moments and I loved all of the characters. Excellent book.
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10 Responses to Top 10 of 2014: Best Books I’ve Read this Year

  1. Cress is popular. I’ve only read Cinder so far but hope to continue the series soon!

    Best Books I’ve Read in 2014

  2. I’ve heard a lot about The Walled City. Sounds really, really good!

  3. Great list! I’ve read only Cress from these so far, but I’m glad you loved them all. The rest are on my TBR. I really loved Ashfall when I read it a few years ago, but still haven’t gotten around to reading Ashen Winter & Sunrise.

    Best Books I’ve Read in 2014

  4. Yay for A Game of Thrones! It’s also on my list and like you, I can’t believe I only read that now!
    I haven’t read The Walled City but I’ve heard so many great things. Guess I’m going to read it now! 🙂

    Here’s our Top 10! 🙂

  5. I am glad you reminded me I wanted to read that Little Bee book. I have The Walled City and plan to read it soon.

  6. Christy says:

    Nice top 10, Michelle. The only one I’ve read is Cress, and I agree!

  7. Zed says:

    Nero’s Fiddle sounds interesting, might give that a go in the new year. Thanks for sharing.

  8. A lot of blogs are picked Cress! I do loved it! 🙂 Have a nice week.

    – Beckie @ Bittersweet Enchantment

  9. Jaime says:

    Love your picks! Thanks so much for taking part in the Top 10 of 2014! Looking forward to seeing the rest of your Top 10’s 😀
    Jaime @ Two Chicks On Books

  10. I LOVED Romancing the Duke! I read it in 2013, so it didn’t make the list for this year, but it was on my list for 2013! The next book in the series, Say Yes to the Marquess, was EVEN BETTER (in my opinion). Excellent list!

    Have a fabulous holiday 🙂

    Check out my Top Ten post!

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